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surfactant protein

Marian L Miller, Aleksey Porollo, Susan Wert
Alveolar type II cells from seven mammalian species were examined for a protein in the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER), which showed a multi-layered, repeating motif. Each motif, 100nm in width, comprised two parallel outer dense layers, a less dense central layer, and often 1-3 faint layers on either side of the latter. Outer layers showed periodicities at 3-4 densities/100nm of width, while layers on either side of the central layer showed 5-7 densities/100nm of width. RER membranes were ribosome-free when parallel to these layers, but showed 4 ribosomes per motif at the growing ends: one ribosome at each outer dense layer, and one on either side of the less dense central layer...
March 15, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Marta Martínez-Calle, Bárbara Olmeda, Paul Dietl, Manfred Frick, Jesús Pérez-Gil
The release of pulmonary surfactant by alveolar type II (ATII) cells is essential for lowering surface tension at the respiratory air-liquid interface, stabilizing the lungs against physical forces tending to alveolar collapse. Hydrophobic surfactant protein (SP)-B ensures the proper packing of newly synthesized surfactant particles, promotes the formation of the surface active film at the alveolar air-liquid interface and maintains its proper structure along the respiratory dynamics. We report that membrane-associated SP-B efficiently induces secretion of pulmonary surfactant by ATII cells, at the same level as potent secretagogues such as ATP...
March 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Jeffrey Earl Gotts, Lauren F Chun, Jason Abbott, Xiaohui Fang, Naoki Takasaki, Stephen L Nishimura, Matthew L Springer, Suzaynn F Schick, Carolyn S Calfee, Michael A Matthay
Evidence is accumulating that exposure to cigarette smoke (CS) increases the risk of developing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). S. pneumoniae is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia, which in turn is the leading cause of ARDS. Chronic smokers have increased rates of pneumococcal colonization and develop more severe pneumococcal pneumonia than nonsmokers, yet mechanistic connections between CS exposure, bacterial pneumonia, and ARDS pathogenesis remain relatively unexplored. We exposed mice to 3 weeks of moderate whole-body CS or air, followed by intranasal inoculation with an invasive serotype of S...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Stephanie J Attarian, Sandra L Leibel, Ping Yang, Danielle N Alfano, Brian P Hackett, F Sessions Cole, Aaron Hamvas
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the NKX2-1 gene are associated with lung disease in infants and children. We hypothesize that disruption of normal surfactant gene expression with these mutations contributes to the respiratory phenotypes observed. METHODS: To assess transactivational activity, co-transfection of luciferase reporter vectors containing surfactant protein B or C (SFTPB or SFTPC) promoters with NKX2-1 plasmids was performed and luciferase activity measured...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Michael Senske, Yao Xu, Alexander Bäumer, Sarah Schäfer, Hanna Wirtz, Janne Savolainen, Hermann Weingärtner, Martina Havenith
When comparing protein folding in vitro and in vivo significant differences have been found. This has been attributed to crowding and confinement effects. Using a combination of GHz- and THz-dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and MD simulations, we studied hydration dynamics and reviewed protein stability data inside sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) reverse micelles which are model systems for confinement. We find that water inside anionic AOT and cationic CTAB reverse micelles is characterized by a strong dielectric depolarization giving rise to a very low relative permittivity compared to an unconfined solution...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ramkumar T Annamalai, Tapan Girish Naik, Haley Prout, Andrew J Putnam, Jan P Stegemann
Microtissues created from the protein fibrin and containing embedded cells can be used in modular tissue engineering approaches to create larger, hierarchical and complex tissue structures. In this paper we demonstrate an emulsification-based method for the production of such fibrin microtissues containing fibroblasts and endothelial cells and designed to promote tissue vascularization. Surfactants can be beneficial in the microtissue fabrication process to reduce aggregation and to facilitate recovery of microtissues from the emulsion, thereby increasing yield...
March 14, 2018: Biomedical Materials
Eisa Tahmasbpour, Mostafa Ghanei, Abolfazl Khor, Yunes Panahi
CONTEXT: Sulfur mustard (SM) is a strong alkylating toxicant that targets different organs, particularly human lung tissue. Change in genes expression is one of the molecular mechanisms of SM toxicity in damaged tissue. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation is to characterize the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), 12-lipoxygenase (12-LO), inducible nitric oxide synthase 2 (iNOS2), and surfactant protein D (SFTPD) in lungs of patients who exposed to SM...
March 14, 2018: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
Xue-Jiao Ma, Yin-Juan Zhang, Cheng-Ming Zeng
Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), as an anionic surfactant, can induce protein conformational changes. Recent investigations demonstrated different effects of SDS on protein amyloid aggregation. In the present study, the effect of SDS on amyloid aggregation of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was evaluated. BSA transformed to β-sheet-rich amyloid aggregates upon incubation at pH 7.4 and 65°C, as demonstrated by thioflavin T fluorescence, circular dichroism, and transmission electron microscopy. SDS at submicellar concentrations inhibited BSA amyloid aggregation with IC50 of 47...
January 2018: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Justin P Jahnke, Matthew N Idso, Sunyia Hussain, Matthias J N Junk, Julia M Fisher, David D Phan, Songi Han, Bradley F Chmelka
A versatile synthetic protocol is reported that allows high concentrations of functionally active membrane proteins to be incorporated in mesostructured silica materials. Judicious selections of solvent, surfactant, silica precursor species, and synthesis conditions enable membrane proteins to be stabilized in solution and during subsequent coassembly into silica-surfactant composites with nano- and mesoscale order. This was demonstrated by using a combination of nonionic ( n-dodecyl-β-d-maltoside or Pluronic P123), lipid-like (1,2-diheptanoyl- s n-glycero-3-phosphocholine), and perfluoro-octanoate surfactants under mild acidic conditions to coassemble the light-responsive transmembrane protein proteorhodopsin at concentrations up to 15 wt % into the hydrophobic regions of worm-like mesostructured silica materials in films...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Milos T Ivanovic, Linda K Bruetzel, Jan Lipfert, Jochen S Hub
Surfactants have found a wide range of industrial and scientific applications. In particular, detergent micelles are used as lipid membrane mimics to solubilize membrane proteins for functional and structural characterisation. However, an atomic-level understanding of surfactants remains limited because many experiments provide only low-resolution structural information on surfactant aggregates. Here, we combine small-angle X-ray scattering with molecular dynamics simulations to derive fully atomic models of two maltoside micelles, at temperatures between 10°C and 70°C...
March 13, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Noriho Sakamoto, Hiroshi Ishimoto, Tomoyuki Kakugawa, Minoru Satoh, Tomoko Hasegawa, Shin Tanaka, Atsuko Hara, Shota Nakashima, Hirokazu Yura, Takuto Miyamura, Hanako Koyama, Towako Morita, Seiko Nakamichi, Yasushi Obase, Yuji Ishimatsu, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a prognostic indicator of poor outcome in myositis. Although the pathogenesis of myositis-associated ILD is not well understood, neutrophils are thought to play a pivotal role. Neutrophils store azurophil granules that contain defensins, which are antimicrobial peptides that regulate the inflammatory response. Here, we evaluated levels of the human neutrophil peptides (HNPs) α-defensin 1 through 3 in patients with myositis-associated ILD to determine whether HNPs represent disease markers and play a role in the pathogenesis of myositis-associated ILD...
March 12, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Wooho Ban, Hyeon Hui Kang, In Kyoung Kim, Jick Hwan Ha, Hyonsoo Joo, Jong Min Lee, Jeong Uk Lim, Sang Haak Lee, Chin Kook Rhee
Background/Aims: Several studies have identified a role for nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the relationship between the plasma Nrf2 level and the extent of systemic inflammation associated with COPD status remains unclear. Methods: Patients diagnosed with COPD were recruited from St. Paul's Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, between July 2009 and May 2012. Patients were classified into two groups according to the severity of their symptoms on initial presentation, a COPD-stable group (n = 25) and a COPD-exacerbation group (n = 30)...
March 13, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Aernoud A van Batenburg, Karin M Kazemier, Ton Peeters, Matthijs F M van Oosterhout, Joanne J van der Vis, Jan C Grutters, Roel Goldschmeding, Coline H M van Moorsel
Telomeres are small repetitive DNA sequences at the ends of chromosomes which act as a buffer in age-dependent DNA shortening. Insufficient telomere repeats will be recognized as double-strand breaks. Presently, it is becoming more evident that telomere attrition, whether or not caused by mutations in telomere maintenance genes, plays an important role in many inflammatory and age-associated diseases. In this report, a method to (semi)quantitatively assess telomere length and DNA double-strand breaks in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue is described...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
Melanie Christine Föll, Matthias Fahrner, Victor Oginga Oria, Markus Kühs, Martin Lothar Biniossek, Martin Werner, Peter Bronsert, Oliver Schilling
Background: Proteomic analyses of clinical specimens often rely on human tissues preserved through formalin-fixation and paraffin embedding (FFPE). Minimal sample consumption is the key to preserve the integrity of pathological archives but also to deal with minimal invasive core biopsies. This has been achieved by using the acid-labile surfactant RapiGest in combination with a direct trypsinization (DTR) strategy. A critical comparison of the DTR protocol with the most commonly used filter aided sample preparation (FASP) protocol is lacking...
2018: Clinical Proteomics
Lucía Martínez-Jothar, Sofia Doulkeridou, Raymond M Schiffelers, Javier Sastre Torano, Sabrina Oliveira, Cornelus F van Nostrum, Wim E Hennink
Maleimide-thiol chemistry is widely used for the design and preparation of ligand-decorated drug delivery systems such as poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) based nanoparticles (NPs). While many publications on nanocarriers functionalized exploiting this strategy are available in the literature, the conditions at which this reaction takes place vary among publications. This paper presents a comprehensive study on the conjugation of the peptide cRGDfK and the nanobody 11A4 (both containing a free thiol group) to maleimide functionalized PLGA NPs by means of the maleimide-thiol click reaction...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Vijayaraghavan Rangachari, Dexter N Dean, Pratip Rana, Ashwin Vaidya, Preetam Ghosh
Self-templating propagation of protein aggregate conformations is increasingly becoming a significant factor in many neurological diseases. In Alzheimer disease (AD), intrinsically disordered amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides undergo aggregation that is sensitive to environmental conditions. High-molecular weight aggregates of Aβ that form insoluble fibrils are deposited as senile plaques in AD brains. However, low-molecular weight aggregates called soluble oligomers are known to be the primary toxic agents responsible for neuronal dysfunction...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Peter D Sottile, David Albers, Marc M Moss
BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular blockade (NMB) is a therapy for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). However, the mechanism by which NMB may improve outcome for ARDS patients remains unclear. We sought to determine whether NMB attenuates biomarkers of epithelial and endothelial lung injury and systemic inflammation in ARDS patients, and whether the association is dependent on tidal volume size and the initial degree of hypoxemia. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of patients enrolled in the ARDS network low tidal volume ventilation (ARMA) study...
March 10, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Ahmed Moghieb, Geremy Clair, Hugh Mitchell, Joseph A Kitzmiller, Erika M Zink, Young-Mo Kim, Vladislav Petyuk, Anil K Shukla, Ronald J Moore, Thomas O Metz, James P Carson, Jason E McDermott, Richard A Corley, Jeffrey A Whitsett, Charles Ansong
Biochemical networks mediating normal lung morphogenesis and function have important implications for ameliorating morbidity and mortality in premature infants. While several transcript-level studies have examined normal lung development, corresponding protein-level analyses are lacking. Here we performed proteomics analysis of murine lungs from embryonic to early adult ages to identify the molecular networks mediating normal lung development. We identified 8,932 proteins providing a deep and comprehensive view of the lung proteome...
March 8, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Bo Min Kim, H C Therese Lotter-Stark, Edward P Rybicki, Rachel K Chikwamba, Kenneth E Palmer
Griffithsin (GRFT) is an antiviral lectin, originally derived from a red alga, which is currently being investigated as a topical microbicide to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Targeting GRFT to the apoplast for production in Nicotiana benthamiana resulted in necrotic symptoms associated with a hypersensitive response (HR)-like cell death, accompanied by H2 O2 generation and increased PR1 expression. Mannose-binding lectins Surfactant protein D (SP-D), cyanovirin-N (CV-N) and human mannose-binding lectin (hMBL) also induce salicylic acid (SA) dependent HR-like cell death in N...
March 6, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Anju Toor, Sean Lamb, Brett Helms, Thomas P Russell
Interfacial assemblies of nanoparticles can stabilize liquid-liquid interfaces. Due to the interactions between functional groups on nanoparticles dispersed in one liquid and polymers having complementary end-functionality dissolved in a second immiscible fluid, the anchoring of a well-defined number of polymer chains onto the nanoparticles leads to the formation of NP-surfactants that assemble at the interface and reduce the interfacial energy. We have developed droplet interfaces covered with elastic, responsive monolayers of NP- surfactants...
March 6, 2018: ACS Nano
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